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  • Jack the Ripper artefacts lead December 11 sale at JP Humbert
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Jack the Ripper artefacts lead December 11 sale at JP Humbert

A selection of artefacts belonging to a London police officer who worked on the infamous Jack the Ripper case have sold for a combined ?�17,670 ($27,770).

They crossed the block at JP Humbert Auctioneers in Nottinghamshire, UK on December 11.

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PC Watkins was first on the scene following the murder of Catherine Eddowes

PC Edward Watkins discovered the body of Catherine Eddowes, the Ripper's fourth victim, on the night of September 30, 1888.

The sale featured four of the items he was carrying that night - his truncheon, whistle, notebook and handcuffs.

The handcuffs made ?�6,420 ($10,089), the notebook ?�4,450 ($6,993), the truncheon ?�3,950 ($6,207) and the whistle ?�2,600 ($4,086). A collection of press cuttings also featured and sold for ?�280 ($440).

All the items were bought by a single collector.        

The identity of Jack the Ripper remains unknown, but has been the subject of frenzied speculation for the past century.  

Jonathan Humbert of JP Humbert told the BBC: "It was a sensible estimate for each item, but we didn't have anything to compare it to and the results exceeded our expectations.

"Five women died and you have to be sensitive, but these items are undoubtedly of huge historical interest. Sometimes these unusual items just re-write the rule book."

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